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    #1

    ... the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life.

    "So much energy goes into pretending to ourselves and others that we are not stuck in the mud that we spin our wheels furiously, to the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life."

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    Hello,everyone , I'm a learner of English. I'm confused about this sentence above.

    Please help me, What is the relationship between the red part and the rest?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Mar-2017 at 17:21. Reason: Standardised font across post

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    Re: ... the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life.

    Welcome to the forum, zysr.

    Please tell us the source and author of any text you quote. In what context did you read this sentence?

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: ... the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life.

    Sorry, this is my first post. I edited it as you said, Is that right now?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-Mar-2017 at 17:56. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    #4

    Re: ... the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life.

    We pretend so much that we are not stuck in life that we spray other people with the dirt thrown up by our failure to move- our lack of progress affects other people and annoys them, while we pretend that we're doing fine.

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    #5

    Re: ... the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life.

    I would expect "splattered" rather than "spattered."

    And I don't think "chagrin" is the right word. If your actions are getting other people all dirty, they are not likely to be chagrined.

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    Re: ... the mud-spattered chagrin of the bystanders in our life.

    Both spattered and splattered work in BrE.

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